Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Stuck for a Christmas present for the designer in your life? The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog is a great typographic game by Brazilian design agency ps.2. Alternatively, Le Grand Jeu du Logo should keep you entertained over the holidays.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
I will be giving a lecture on Packaging Design and animating a workshop at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique, from 6 December. The workshop will explore the scenario 'H²0 - ecology the new luxury'. We will be looking at new design philosophies and positioning in the mineral water market and creating an eco-responsible water brand and packaging. The resulting work will be exhibited at the LuxePack Monaco exhibition in 2011.
Monday, 1 November 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Gap's announcement of the launch of a new Gap brand, a banal Helvetica typestyle and insignificant little blue box, has captured the attention of the design world, bloggers and even the world's media. 100 000's of messages were posted on the subject.
Marka Hansen, Gap President USA, even stooped as low as to announcing crowdsourcing for the logo redesign. The big question is was this just a publicity stunt for free editorial and buzz or a serious proposal? Gap have now announced they will stick with their distinctive original logo.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Remarkable destination branding for Nordkyn in the very northernmost tip of Europe, in Finnmark, Norway. The beauty of the brand is communicated in its cool animated version which displays the changing colours and facets of this beautiful, rugged, Arctic place. The logotype morphs continually subject to weather change, wind direction and temperature!
See the animation here. Design by Neue Design Studio, Oslo.
The brand is so powerful that it makes you want to get on a plane right now to discover a place you have never even heard of before. Now that's successful.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
With so much horrendously kerned insensitive type and signage about, it is inspiring and reassuring to see the work of David Smith, an English sign writer. Perpetuating the tradition of hand cut, gilded ornamental glass signs, he creates the magnificent signs that can be found in pubs throughout Great Britain. A master class in typography and the art of sign writing.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Sourced Market, recently opened at London's St Pancras station, is a great example of station retailing and food services.
It has all the ambiance and quality ingredients of an outdoor market, locally sourced food, fine wines and great design by Shaun Clarkson and branding by Thoughtmatic. An original concept for a rail station. Also at St Pancras is the Grand Champagne Bar, ideal for a drink before boarding the Euro Star.
As someone who travels through Paris’s Gare d’Austerlitz station almost every week, I wish the SNCF would upgrade the quality of services offered here, the overall interior design and furnishings which do not appear to have been touched for 50 years.When we lived in New York I travelled through Grand Central Station each day. A great restaurant overlooks the main ticket hall and on the lower level there is the Grand Central Oyster Bar. With quality services, restaurants and retailing, rail stations can become a genuine destination and an experience, not just a functional travel hub.
Top images St Pancras, last image Gare d'Austerlitz
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
For those that have not seen it, the Oscar winning animated film by François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain of H5 French film collective, starring 3 000 logos. Four years in production, it opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award in the category of animated short film.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Always a fascinating insight, Bill Gardner's, analysis of branding and logotype design trends has just been published. Identifiable trends from the 35 000 odd logotypes analysed include:
- O shaped designs inspired by the Obama Presidential campaign,
- Transparency as an expression of honesty and ethics,
- Brighter colours, influenced by screen based applications as opposed to print based, and signifying a message of optimism,
- Faceting, animation and circles...
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
The project includes naming and verbal identity, brand identity development and global packaging graphics.
Currently confidential we are targeting, with the client, a product launch in the Spring of 2011. Watch this space.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Projects include Illusion Snowboard goggles using optical illusions, the visible and invisible; Alfalfa edible packaging for horse riding accessories; Silence a shrink wrapped white blank-canvas skateboard for personalisation and Golfing Polo's packed in transparent plastic tubes set in a green growing wall.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
The Mori Hills Building on Omotesando, Tokyo continues Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum spiral architecture concept, but here the building fits into a triangular site as opposed to a circle. I visited it just after its opening and the effect of walking from the top floor to the ground down a continuous gentle slope is still a bit disturbing. Nice use of OLED lights on the restaurant window.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
This example of the bp brand is from the Greenpeace operation in reaction to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The brand becomes the message, design becomes an activist tool for demonstration and counter communication - it is more powerful than words or images.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
A great business trip to Sydney. Always good to see the North Shore ferries coming into Circular Quay, yachts passing the Opera House, the Parakeets and Sulphur crested Cockatoos flying through the palm trees. Some really nice typographic illustrations of Sydney on the Vodaphone poster campaign.
Whilst in Dubai on my trip to Sydney I saw the Burj Dubai tower: 200 floors. Dubai airport is also very impressive in terms of architecture, design and signage. The use of OLED's in glass walls creating a mosaic grid of lights in glass is most impressive.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
A review in French at http://www.larevuedudesign.com/2010/04/21/design-maters-robert-brunner-stewart-emery/
Monday, 26 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
We are currently building a new vision 360° web site to compliment the des!gn think!ng blog.
This is the design proposal for the home page. The site will be a more institutional and portfolio credentials site, and content will be built up under Projects, Bio and Press navigation tabs.